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    Art Showcase: Subsequent Hills

    Geo Beats

    by Geo Beats

    Art Showcase: Subsequent Hills - as part of the expert series by GeoBeats. The title of this piece is Subsequent Hills, and it owes a certain amount of its style to my appreciation of outsider art. I am a university educated artist, so I am not an outsider artist, but I relate strongly to the spontaneity and the inward urge to make something that outsider artists have. This one, more than others, has a very particular, specific content and it is that I have been reading that the Rocky Mountains, and obviously other geological formations, rise and fall and flow like water or air, or air currents, but at a geologic pace, much, much slower. So, that my sense that there could be two mountains, and then, at some point, they subside, and another mountain comes, and another, and that it is as flowing as the air or water, but just at a scale that human people do not relate to. We think of mountains as very permanent. This part, which probably from where you are seeing it reads as texture, is actually time and date notations of when I started a line, and at the other side, when I finished it. The lines, actually all are continuous, even the ones that seem to bump up into mountains and hills. The reason for that was that doing this kind of drawing for me is a very meditative process. It is very hard to think about anything else except where your hand is going and how you are making that line, so that it is very peaceful for me. And I wanted to honor that, and originally I just wrote dates across. For a drawing this large, it would be maybe 30 or 40 dates. They looked quite awkward to people who would look at them, and they had say, “What? What? Why are you doing that? Why do not you just put the date that you finished the drawing, like everyone else does?” And I said, “I wanted to refer to the process of making the drawing and honor the evolution of it, the way it kind of imitates the buildup of geologic strata.” And then they would laugh and they’d say, “Yeah, but we do not know which line was drawn which day.” And I kind of took that up as a joke, but a kind of profound joke, and started putting the date. This one was April 24th, 2006. I started it at 11:52, and somewhere along the other side I finished it. In this case it was 6 and 8 minutes, or 11 minutes, that kind of time. Some of them take 30 minutes, 40 minutes. But, for this drawing it was mostly 8, 10 minutes. And then, put the date again and the finish time, and in a circle, the amount of time it took. Later I pushed the absurdness of that and it changed the drawings, it changed the shape of them to have to do that, and I pushed the absurdness of that and put totals on.